Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine
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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 763 |  Reviews: 173
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Opaque mahogany with a slightly tan head.

S: Smoke is dominant in the nose, not much else going on there.

T: Smoke, malt, oak, a little citrus and pine, kind of porky, but pretty good.

M: Full bodied and kind of smooth.

O: Not the hoppy barleywine I expected. Smoke character is also not the scotchy character I was hoping for. Could have been better, but I'd recommend it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a rich dark-medium caramel with a medium head that faded quickly, leaving behind substantial lacing, which persisted for as long as the beer remained in my glass. Smell was mostly of barley and alcohol, with some smoke. Likewise, the flavor was richly malty but not at all overly sweet; in fact, this is probably one of the bitterer barleywines I have tasted. It's ABV is high enough (over 11%) that the alcohol flavor is clear, though crisp, not harsh. Smoke is there, too, and more powerfully than in the bouquet - particularly in the aftertaste - almost to the extent that it borders on tasting a little like a porter. Because it is a very viscous, almost syrupy (but not in any way oily) brew, the aftertaste lingers for quite some time (a good several minutes after the last sip). As such, the carbonation is rather sparse, but not at all at the level of "wounded soldier," and the bubbles which are present are small and feel bright on the tongue. Because of its high viscosity, there is an "after mouthfeel," which is pleasant but leaves one's lips a little sticky... good beer for a first date? :-p But seriously, this is a ridiculously good beer. Thus far (1 - 27 - 2014) I would say it is my favorite beer. Period. If you see it, give it a try. Or two. Or seventeen. This is an absurdly good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.

The oak-smoked malt used in this version of Old Guardian creates an extremely tasty, complex and unique barleywine. The smokiness helps it from being overly sweet.

It's fabulous and should be tried.

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 79.8% out of 100 with 763 ratings
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